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Lentils and Lilies Like Coleridge and Wordsworth before her Jade is in opposition to the society in which she lives. And like the romantic poets she perceives herself as something special, something more than just the usual girl. She sees her future self as a career woman with a degree in Business Studies and Marketing - a very materialistic dream one could add. But she does not want to be just any career woman, she is going to be the only one capable of managing both a demanding job AND a possible family. She has not decided whether to have children yet but if she does she and her husband is going to raise them in an atmosphere of love and understanding. It goes without saying that Jade is a very complex person. Her dreams are both of relative wealth and of a happy little family. The two things do not necessarily shut out each other but a lot of people in Jade's world who has tried to combine them - including her own mother - have failed. Like mentioned Jade is very aware that she is special. She is completely undeterred by the fact that her mother, like most other career women, are incapable of maintaining a healthy family life. ...read more.


And not until we get our own lives - without the supervision of parents - do the choices we make have any real impact on our lives. Jade is about to discover that. Right now she has made no commitments, not even to her parents, and as soon as she has finished school she is actually free as a bird - to use a clich´┐Ż. She is free to run whenever something bothers her. It could be a child with a lentil up its nose, the boring exam revising, everything. That will change as soon as Jade commits herself to someone or something. Then she assumes responsibility for her own acts. Like everyone else she will find her place in the existing society with all its flaws and errors. Or will she? No one can tell. While the romantic poets did not occupy themselves with the society they sprung from, their individualistic attitude to life nevertheless had a tremendous influence on the Western world in the centuries that followed. Perhaps Jade will follow their footsteps. Perhaps she will be the one person that is able to resist the customs of society that "lie upon thee with a weight, Heavy as frost, and deep almost as life," perhaps she will be exactly the career woman and housewife that she dreams of. ...read more.


After a sabbatical year she is going to go back to school, get a dream career and possibly raise a couple of perfect children. Suddenly as she rounds a corner she finds herself in the middle of a crisis. A child has stuck a lentil up her nose and her mother is very distressed. Right away she assumes that Jade will help and they step into the mother's house. As they try to get the seed out of the child's nose the mother's story unfolds. It is exactly the kind of life that disgusts Jade: Stressed, problematic, and clearly not perfect. She decides that the woman has brought it over herself and thus she has to mind her own problems. Translation You cannot tell from looking at them. But as soon as they write or eat it becomes obvious to everyone - they are left-handed. Throughout history they have been forced to become right-handed and even though things have changed some there are still a lot that suggests certain discrimination. Approximately one tenth of all people are in fact left-handed but still there are only few tools manufactured specially for them. At any rate that was the situation until recently where a shop opened north of Copenhagen with the purpose of dealing in practical tools for left-handers. Svendborg Gymnasium - Jesper Lindell Gotfredsen 3y06 - Engelsk - den 17/5 - 2002 Side 1 ...read more.

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